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Helsinki 3 Around Senate Square

I was pretty tired when I dragged myself from my bed. Idiot roommate decided to start a full blown conversation with another roommate when the latter returned from clubbing in the wee small hours. I don't really think she wanted to know the comings and goi
Tags: Travel, Helsinki, Senate Square


Is Helsinki the world's coolest city?

Helsinki's winters may be dark and freezing, but the snowy capital of Finland is a place where local fortitude against the cold has turned it into into one of the world's coolest places.
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Reindeer Powder and Arctic Turnip Crepes: Helsinki’s New Food Scene

Local ingredients, including that most Nordic of fruits, the lingonberry, show up in creative combinations as the Finns join the restaurant revolution.
Tags: News, Restaurants, Helsinki, Travel and Vacations, Helsinki (Finland, Arctic Turnip Crepes


MUJI X Sensible 4’s Self-Driving Bus premiered in Finland. We got a chance to sit in it!

It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 whe...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, Japan, Design, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nokia, Automotive, Finland, Popular, Editorial, Helsinki, Product Design, Muji


National health care topples a Nordic government

National health care topples a Nordic government Failure to reform the national health system has led the government to collapse in one of the most statist governments following the Nordic model. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä of Finland and his cabinet members have resigned after failing to rein in the nation’s health care costs and provide greater competition. This comes as reports show private citizens in Finland increasingly turning to the free market to m...
Tags: Religion, America, United States, Finland, Medicare, Bernie Sanders, Helsinki, Juha Sipila, Dutton, Sipila, Ed Dutton, Ingmar Lindström, Statistics Finland Providing


Best hotel decor in the world

Move over , boring chain hotels. Hotel designers the world over are getting creative in order to lure guests, and what they’re coming up with is sure to boggle the eyes. These seven hotels feature over-the-top interior decor and a guest experience that’s sure to surprise and overwhelm the senses. 1. Crazy Bear — Beaconsfield, UK Photo: The Crazy Bear/Facebook The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield is as extravagant as it gets. The 45 unique rooms are set in a dark, Rococo fashion, equipped with sh...
Tags: Travel, England, Hotels, Germany, Boston, Las Vegas, Helsinki, All, San Luis Obispo, Boston Massachusetts, Stuttgart Germany, San Luis Obispo California, Madonna Inn, Unique Hotels, Beaconsfield, Hardwood Suite


The ultimate Baltic road trip guide

The three countries that make up the Baltics — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — all gained their independence in 1991. Since then, they’ve pretty much been an uninterrupted Eastern European success story. The region’s newfound status as an economic and cultural hub — combined with the appeal of its expansive forests, sandy beaches, and medieval town squares — have attracted visitors from all over the world. Add in hospitable locals and a strong commitment to traditional cultures, and you have...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Eu, Finland, Silicon Valley, Latvia, Ussr, Estonia, Lithuania, Frank Zappa, Baltic Sea, Road Trip, Riga, Helsinki, Eastern Europe


Helsinki 2 The National Museum of Finland and Temppeliaukio Church

I was up super early to head to the ferry terminal. I was departing from a different one to that I had arrived in and it took a bit of finding. It didn't help that it was dark and that there weren't a lot of people about. I took a few wrong turns but got t
Tags: Travel, Helsinki, Temppeliaukio Church, National Museum of Finland


Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, California, France, China, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, US, Toronto


Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

HELSINKI (AP) — A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party’s leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made big gains in last week’s general election — despite promises not to talk with them.  Raimond Kaljulaid said Tuesday the Center Party and the nationalist, […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Helsinki, Center Party, Raimond Kaljulaid


Reports: Out-of-service bus explodes in Stockholm

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish media say a Stockholm city bus that didn’t have any passengers on it caught fire from an explosion in Stockholm, but there were no signs it was a terror attack. Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper reported the bus driver was rushed to the hospital but no one else was known to have been […]
Tags: News, Sweden, Ap, Nation, Stockholm, Helsinki, Aftonbladet


Finland’s outgoing premier may bow out as party chair

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s outgoing prime minister, who abruptly tendered the resignation of his center-right government just weeks before the general election, says he won’t seek to remain as chairman of his party next year if support continues to decline. Juha Sipila, now heading a caretaker government in the Nordic country, told Finnish public broadcaster […]
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Jets to Jokerit: Did Vesalainen Make the Right Choice?

The Winnipeg Jets are getting revved up and ready to go for what’s hopefully a lengthy playoff run this spring and the Manitoba Moose are in a dogfight for a playoff spot of their own with 17 games to go, but Kristian Vesalainen might not play another professional hockey game until October. This begs the question: was his choice to return to Europe the right one, or did it lead to a wasted season? Vesalainen Chose Old Comforts Over New Challenges On March 7, Vesalainen’s team, Helsinki-based J...
Tags: Europe, New York, Minnesota, Time, Sport, Finland, Jets, Victoria, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Moose, Helsinki, Jerome Miron, Winnipeg Jets


Voi Technology, the European e-scooter rentals startup, raises an additional $30M

Well, that didn’t take long. Just three months after raising $50 million in Series A funding, e-scooter rentals startup Voi Technology has added another $30 million to its balance sheet. The new round sees existing investors Vostok New Ventures, Balderton Capital, LocalGlobe and Raine Ventures participate again, alongside new investors Project A and Creandum. The inclusion of Project A won’t be entirely new news to close readers of TechCrunch. Based on my own sources, I reported that the Berlin-...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, France, Berlin, Tech, Paris, Bird, Silicon Valley, Copenhagen, Madrid, Stockholm, Accel, Atomico, Helsinki


Technology Solution for Booking Your Travel Experience: What Would Be Ideal For You?

You read the weblogs, use search engines, and scour frequent flier community forums in order to find the best deals on airfares, lodging, rental car rates, cruises, dining, entertainment, activities and visiting sites. You eventually score with a good airfare — say, $468.23 total airfare round trip in Basic Economy between Atlanta and Helsinki when departing on Sunday, March 24, 2019 and returning on Thursday, March 28, 2019 via British Airways as one of many examples... ...but you still have yo...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Atlanta, British Airways, Helsinki


Trump Claims Cohen Wrote ‘Love Letters To Trump’ Book, Demands Congress Subpoena It

Back in the White House, President Trump used his Friday morning to make his feelings about his former lawyer’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday abundantly clear. In a series of unhinged tweets on Friday morning, Trump alleges that Cohen wrote a book called “Love Letters To Trump” and was shopping it around after the incidents in Charlottesville and Helsinki, which Cohen says made him go rogue. He said the manuscript was the “exact opposite of his fake testimony, wh...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Donald Trump, Hillary, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Donald J Trump, House Oversight Committee, Lanny Davis, Crooked Hillary, Nicole Lafond, Michael Cohen Donald J Trump


Top Democrat threatens subpoena over Jared Kushner security clearance – live

Donald Trump reportedly ordered officials to grant Jared Kushner security clearance, as Democrats plan to interview president’s childrenSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.31pm GMT Just the president talking about a former employee writing him a love letter:Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a “love letter to Trump” manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book ...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, White House, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Elijah Cummings


"Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a 'love letter to Trump' manuscript for a new book that he was pushing."

"Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie! Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!"Donald Trump on Twitter, just now, here and here. [Author: norepl...
Tags: Law, Congress, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Michael Cohen, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles


Santorum Calls Trump Defense Of Kim Over Warmbier’s Death ‘Reprehensible’

President Trump taking North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un “at his word” over the death of American student Otto Warmbier is “reprehensible,” according to Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and a staunch supporter of Trump’s policies. “This is reprehensible what he just did,” he told CNN Thursday. “He gave cover, as you said, to a leader who knew very well what was going on with Otto Warmbier and I again, I don’t understand why the President did this. I am disappointed, to say the least...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Washington Post, North Korea, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, Kim, Donald Trump, Helsinki, Trump, Santorum, Kim Jong, Mohammad Bin Salman, Otto Warmbier, Warmbier


Helsinki, Charlottesville and the death of civility: Why Cohen says he turned on Trump

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen tells Congress Trump's comments in Helsinki and Charlottesville prompt him to turn on Trump.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Congress Trump, Helsinki Charlottesville


First Thoughts

A quick reaction to the first couple hours of testimony. I’d say that in general, there haven’t been big revelations beyond those included in the prepared remarks. The Democrats have gotten some more granular detail on key points like the Trump Moscow project and the Wikileaks drops. The Republicans in general have not done terribly well. They’ve triggered some defensiveness on Cohen’s part a few times with respect to his crimes. Cohen has managed some low moments on his own: invoking Charlott...
Tags: News, Charlottesville, Helsinki, Trump, Josh Marshall, Cohen, Trump Moscow, Editor’s Blog


One Of These 64 Cities Will Be Named Best To Visit In 2019: Time To Vote!

The Best City to Visit Travel Tournament has officially begun with this group of 64 cities you’ve selected. I’ll keep it short as it’s a long list below – all you have to do is scroll down and vote for your favorite cities in the match-ups below. The winning 32 cities will advance to the next Round of 32. (Here’s a large resolution version of the bracket above.) You have until this Sunday, March 3rd 5:00pm US EST to scroll down and vote for your favorite cities. You can check back throughout th...
Tags: Travel, London, Berlin, New York City, US, Paris, Mexico City, Cape Town, Tokyo, Omaha, Rio De Janeiro, Melbourne, Contests, Park City, Medellin, Madrid


PE-backed Digital Goodie appoints CEO

Digital Goodie, a portfolio company of Black Dragon Capital, has named Moris Chemtov as CEO. Previously, Chemtov was president of Jesta I.S., formerly Richter Systems. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Digital Goodie is a provider of ecommerce software. PRESS RELEASE MIAMI, Feb. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Black Dragon Capital, a private equity firm with a focus on growth investments in technology sectors, welcomes Moris Chemtov, a seasoned leader in online retail sales, as chief executive officer of Digi...
Tags: US, Trends, People, Finland, Miami, Helsinki, Helsinki Finland, Deloitte Consulting, PE, Moris, S Group, Black Dragon Capital, Black Dragon, Digital Goodie, Moris Chemtov, Chemtov


New form of hereditary osteoporosis identified

A research group headed by Professor Outi Mäkitie, Unviersity of Helsinki, identified in families with childhood-onset osteoporosis disease-causing mutations in a gene that had previously not been connected with the skeletal system or osteoporosis.
Tags: Health, Helsinki, Outi Mäkitie Unviersity


Sweden summons Russian ambassador over fighter jet incident

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says it will summon Russia’s ambassador on Monday to explain why a Russian fighter jet flew just 20 meters (66 feet) away from a Swedish reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea earlier this week. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Diana Qudhaib told Swedish public broadcaster SVT on Sunday that Sweden […]
Tags: News, Sweden, Russia, Ap, Nation, Baltic Sea, Helsinki, Foreign Ministry, Diana Qudhaib


Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River in […]
Tags: News, Ap, Nation, Northwest, Helsinki, Sindi, Nation & World, Rando Kartsepp Robin Sillamäe, Erki Väli, Parnu River


OnePlus partners with Finnish carrier Elisa to launch 5G device in Q2 2019

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit 2018 OnePlus announced that its next flagship will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the company will release a commercial 5G smartphone with carrier network EE in the UK in 2019. Earlier this week it announced that it will showcase its first 5G prototype smartphone at MWC 2019 next week. Today the company has announced a partnership with leading Finnish telecommunications network carrier Elisa to launch a 5G device durin...
Tags: UK, News, Blogging, Finland, Oneplus, 5g, Helsinki, Elisa, Pete Lau, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, OnePlus Elisa, OnePlus Elisa 5G, Tampere Jyväskylä Turku


Solo Female Travel in Europe: Complete Travel and Safety Guide

Kate in Copenhagen Looking to travel solo in Europe? You’ve come to the right place! My name is Kate and I teach women how to travel the world safely on their own. While I’m American and I travel all over the world, I’ve spent the most time in Europe. Several years, when you add it all up. I have traveled to every single country in Europe and have lived in two of them (Italy and the UK). This continent has given me so many happy travel memories and I want you to have them, too. And yet…you have...
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Estonia: Danske Bank branch must close over alleged fraud

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s financial watchdog says the local branch of Danske Bank must close after the financial group admitted that massive sums of money from Russia and former Soviet states had been laundered through the subsidiary. The Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority said Tuesday that Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest financial institution, must cease its activities […]
Tags: Business, News, Russia, Ap, Nation, Estonia, Helsinki, Danske Bank, Danske Bank Denmark, Estonian Financial Supervisory Authority


Here are the 5 hottest startups in Finland

Although Finland has the lowest population in the EU, it’s responsible for 10 percent of global startup exits. We’ve also seen a number of international success stories, such as Nokia, Angry Birds, and Supercell, come out of Helsinki. How did a country with such a small population become such a hotspot for tech talent? Internally, the Finnish startup scene is extremely connected. In fact, The 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem report ranks Helsinki’s ecosystem as the best in the world when it comes t...
Tags: Startups, Business, Eu, Finland, Helsinki, Tech5, Nokia Angry Birds